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November 14, 2014

Stay Tuned For The Greatest Spectacle in Racing….

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 5:34 pm

GentlemenOne of the most idiotic tenets of the anti-anything-even-remotely-related-to-Hulman crowd is the woefully misguided notion that the Indianapolis 500 be de-emphasized in favor of making the entire series stronger.

Often these people position the entire series in ‘dire straits’ as a result. One nutso contributor at one of the IndyCar-centric online forums opines that there is ‘…too much focus on the Indy 500. The Indy 500 is NOT everything. If the series wants to be healthy again, it needs to go back to the ONE model that worked: The Indy 500 being the most important race of the year, but NOT more important than the series championship or the series as a whole. That model will regain the prestige of BOTH Indy and the series.’

These types of anti-Hulmanites make so many assumptions based not just on prejudice but on a mostly self-perceived utopia they have created for themselves and believe existed prior to 1996. Uh, yes, the Indy 500 IS everything in IndyCar and everything else is secondary. Despite the protestations of those who feel the Indianapolis 500 is somehow tarnished in terms of prestige the event remains as legendary as ever. Usually those who chide any perceived lack of prestige at the 500 suffer from the special brand of arrogance that actually did destroy the model they hold up as ideal.

In other words it is the Indianapolis 500 that has always given legitimacy to whatever official or unofficial sanctioning organization claimed it as their centerpiece. Without it they failed.

This is not to say the rest of the series schedule is not important. In fact IndyCar MUST do a better job presenting and Hardened Nipspositioning the other events to enhance the viability of the entire series. Bragging about how diverse it is only gets them so far. When presentation is ignored; e.g., at just about any oval other than Indy, there is not much hope for maximizing popularity outside Indy.

The point of this piece: Winter is nearly here. The polar vortex has already gripped most of the country. When winter arrives most race fans know they just need to get through it before springtime May activity begins at the big track. This is about the time actual fans begin getting really impatient.



  1. Dear Defender:

    Wow, you hit on the million dollar question as to what is wrong with this series…does the series exist to showcase the cars and drivers of the Indy 500 across the land or is the Indy 500 just another event which comprises a series of important races across the land…unless and until the series answers this question, there will be the same stagnation and incompetence which the brain trust at 16th and Georgetown has exhibited for the last two decades….does the Indy 500 exist to support the rest of the season or do all of the other events exist to support the Indy 500? I argue that the series starts way too late for Indy Car to gain any momentum leading up to the Indy 500 and that the season would be best served by starting the weekend after the Super Bowl in the Sun Belt and would include at least one or two ovals to get the teams up to speed and show America what the series can offer leading up to the Indy 500…now we have a bunch of road and street course events which have little relation to the Biggest Spectacle in Racing. The series also fails to capitalize on the interest which the Indy 500 by following up with its traditional date at the Milwaukee Mile or perhaps the Michigan oval…instead it’s another bogus double header at Detroit….let’s face it, this schedule sucks and the tracks that brought us old timers into Indy Car racing have faded away or been replaced by events which will probably fall off in a few years anyway.

    Comment by Neil Rubin — November 14, 2014 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

    • Neil: I agree with starting the season earlier, but why not use the weekend between the conference championships and the Super Bowl as a target.? This puts the series WAY out front of NASCAR, and (sports-wise) it is a LOST weekend. This could be a great date for Phoenix, and IF the Super Bowl happens to be there, it creates a natural tie-in with the NFL which everyone seems to fear. Or, if preferred, avoid the Super Bowl city and go with Homestead when the big game is in the desert. I fervently believe that everyone is missing a MAJOR opportunity to gather “eyes” when most other sports are “dark.”

      Comment by SkipinSC — November 14, 2014 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

    • Could not have said it better.

      Comment by Bob F. — November 14, 2014 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  2. Thoughtful commentary by Neil, great ideas by SkipinSC. I think Indycar should return to both Phoenix and Homestead; the latter would be a GREAT way to start the season, because it wouldn’t be interfering with anything this early. It would be nice if someone high up would take us seriously, however.

    Comment by DOUG — November 15, 2014 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  3. I vote for Neil’s post and also Skip’s reply about racing on the “lost” weekend before the Superbowl. As I recall the reason we quit going to the Mickyard ( other than the fact that the owners hate ovals ) was that Disney wanted an earlier date. A January 25, 2015, race there would solve a lot of problems with the current schedule.

    Comment by Chris Lukens — November 17, 2014 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  4. (Off topic commentary relocated to comment section of 12/19/13 blog)

    Comment by Truthy One — November 24, 2014 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  5. (Off topic commentary relocated to comment section of 12/19/13 blog)

    Comment by Youstwess Weebo — November 26, 2014 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

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